Tech Visdom: iPad mini, Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD? Choose the right tablet


The iPad mini has been finally announced and the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices are out. Google updated its Nexus 7 and announced a phone and a 10 inch tablet device. Here is a an unconventional insight into what each of these devices has to offer and how to choose the one suited to your needs.

iPad miniGoogle Nexus 7Kindle Fire HD
SpeciPad miniNexus 7Kindle Fire HD
What’s different?Enhanced keyboard supports gesture typing, Google Now that gives the latest relevant information and a 10 finger multi touch support.Sign in with your Google Account to enable all of Google’s apps and synchronize your account.Dolby audio speakers, HDMI output. Custom technology called WhisperSync for content synchronization across devices/apps,  XRay that displays additional information in movies and books and Kindle Free Time for setting time limits for certain activities for kids.
OSiOS 6.0 with future iOS upgrades guaranteedAndroid 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with possible future OS upgradesCustomised Android 4.0 to give additional features to users.
StoreApp Store with free and paid apps available in 155 countries.Play Store available in 129 countriesAmazon App Store that is more restrictive than Google Play and available in US, UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
GamingFree and paid games. HD games available and Game Center support.Free and paid games. Supports HD gamesFree and paid games. Supports HD games and GameCircle for comparing achievements, saving progress etc.
MoviesRent and Buy videos (incl. TV shows, Movies and Music Videos). Copy your own.Rent videos only. Movies available for purchase in 8 countries. Can copy your own.Movies via LoveFilm subscription (UK) or Instant Video (US). Copy own movies
MusicBuy music via iTunes. Support for your own music library. Use iTunes Match (where available) to sync music to the cloud for an annual flat fee.Google Play music available in US only. A music match service will be available in 5 countries mid Nov 2012.Music available via Amazon MP3 and Cloud player (US, UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy). Copy own content upto 250 songs only
BooksApple iBookstore has 1.5 million books with support for multi touch text books. Also supports Amazon Kindle Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and Google Books (via Apps)Access over 4 million books. Supports books available via Kindle and Nook as well (via Apps)Access to Kindle library of over 1 million books and 200,000 Kindle exclusive books. HD magazines. Enables book rentals to those with Amazon Prime membership.
Video CallsFaceTime for video calls over WiFi and Mobile Internet (3G)Skype integration for video calls over Wifi and Cellular.Customised Skype integration for video calls.
Maps & NavigationUses Apple Maps that is currently supported in few countries. Has a Digital CompassGoogle Maps enhanced with street view and turn by turn navigation via digital compass.N/A
Battery10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music7 hours of HD video playback, 10 hrs for web browsing / e-reading or 300 hrs standby time11 hours of continuous use
WeightFrom 308gmFrom 340gm395gm
PricingWifi: From $329 (16GB) Wifi+Cellular: From $459 (16GB)Wifi: From $199 (16GB), Wifi + Cellular: $299 (32 GB)Wifi: $199 (16 GB)
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